Beginning Wednesday, June 20 at 7 a.m., Ridge Road will be closed between Colorado Avenue and US 24 for approximately 90 days.
The closure is necessary for safety and storm water management improvements related to the Westside Avenue Action Plan project which is scheduled for completion in December, weather permitting This portion of the project includes relocation of underground utilities, installation of new underground drainage structures; installation of curb and gutter work and repaving both the Ridge Road / Colorado Avenue intersection and the Ridge Road /US 24 intersection.
Midland Trail will also be closed between 31st Street and Ridge Road during this phase of the construction project, please use alternate routes.
Access to local businesses in the area will be maintained at all times.
Two lanes of traffic in each direction of Highway 24 will remain open as well as traffic in both directions on Colorado Avenue.
Flaggers and temporary signs will be in place direct drivers around this temporary closure. Detour traffic can access Highway 24 westbound from 31st Street and eastbound from the Highway 24 at Manitou Avenue interchange in Manitou Springs.
Reminder: The segment of Ridge Road between Colorado Avenue and Pikes Peak Avenue has been closed permanently for the construction of a pedestrian and bike plaza as part of the West Avenue Action project.
This is an active construction area with no sidewalks. Construction workers, pedestrians, bicycles and school children are all present through the construction area. Drivers are reminded to slow down and avoid distractions. Delays of 10 to 15 minutes are not uncommon along Colorado Avenue through the construction zone.
The West Avenue Action Plan is scheduled for completion in December of 2018, weather permitting. It will transform the US 24 Business route (west Colorado Avenue connecting to Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs) into a safe and social link between the two historic districts of Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. When finished, improvements along the 1 ½ mile segment will include a center turn lane, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, curbs and gutters storm sewers and safe, attractive street lighting. Flooding issues are being addressed with the construction of storm water management facilities, relocation of utilities infrastructure and replacement of the functionally obsolete Adams Crossing bridge.
El Paso County is regularly producing scheduled video project updates on the El Paso County You Tube Channel as well as county information broadcast channels on Comcast 59 and Century Link 1089 and for more information you can visit the project website: www.westsideplan.com